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Friday, September 22, 2017

THE BLINDING LIGHT – Jermyn Street Theatre ★★★★ by Carole Woddis

Howard Brenton gives us a barn-storming role for the actor playing Strindberg – in this case, Jasper Britton – and the women who appear in his life.

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Thursday, September 21, 2017

OSLO – National Theatre & West End ★★★★ by Carole Woddis

As any story going behind-the-scenes of history, Oslo gives audiences a thrilling and enthralling sense of being, for once, on the 'inside' of events. And Rogers keeps personalities and the …

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Monday, September 18, 2017

EUGENE ONEGIN – Vakhtangov State Academic Theatre of Russia ★★★★★ by Carole Woddis

Moscow’s Vakhtangov Theatre’s filmed version of a live performance of the play of the novel by its artistic director, Rimas Tuminas has arrived, if only for one screening at the Barbican…

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Thursday, September 14, 2017

DOUBT – Southwark Playhouse ★★★★ by Carole Woddis

Doubt is a painful path to follow, even more so when it comes to religious belief. Shanley’s parable of doubt, first seen in 2005 and in Britain two years later, then carried under-current…

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

APOLOGIA – West End by Carole Woddis

I remember Apologia from its first time around, at the Bush Theatre. Then it seemed an extraordinarily acute if honest rebuke to those women of the 1960s and ‘70s.

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

FLAMENCURA – Sadler’s Wells by Carole Woddis

I reckon this should be on a drip-feed so flamenco aficionados can get a daily fix of the artistry, beauty and passion that is Paco Peña and his company of dancers, singers and guitarists.

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Sunday, August 6, 2017

THE CUNNING LITTLE VIXEN – Arcola Theatre by Carole Woddis

Even if Czech is not your first language, nor Leos Janáček’s music for that matter, Guido Martin-Brandis, Oliver Till and The Opera Company’s chamber version, part of the Arcola’s ex…

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Monday, July 17, 2017

BODIES – Royal Court Theatre by Carole Woddis

It’s a very strange feeling when you come across two new plays with almost identical themes – a zeitgeist moment where an idea floating in the ether gets picked up by two playwrights in …

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Friday, July 14, 2017

TOUCH – Soho Theatre by Carole Woddis

If there was such a thing as `chick-lit’ in theatre, this would be the nearest thing to it. But that would neither be respectful nor entirely accurate.

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Sunday, July 9, 2017

DEATH OF A SALESMAN – Touring by Carole Woddis

Seeing Northampton’s Royal & Derngate production almost at the end of its tour in the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre – such a lovely theatre now, clearly well cherished locally and a perfect…

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Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Obituary: Naseem Khan by Carole Woddis

Journalist, activist, educator, one of Time Out magazine’s first theatre reviewers, policy adviser for several local authorities and head of diversity at

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Sunday, July 2, 2017

INK – Almeida by Carole Woddis

He does his homework, does Graham, who is fast turning into our most consistent and energetic political farceur. If we can’t have That Was That Was, the next best thing – apart from The …

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Friday, June 30, 2017

MAD MAN SAD WOMAN – The Space Arts Centre by Carole Woddis

Juan Radrigán was to Chilean literature and theatre as Maxim Gorki was to Russia under the Tsars. Writing during the Pinochet era, Radrigán’s subjects were exclusively those on the margi…

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Saturday, June 24, 2017

MY COUNTRY; A WORK IN PROGRESS – Touring by Carole Woddis

A `Sacrament of Listening’ could be the subtitle for Carol Ann Duffy and Rufus Norris’s post-Brexit project that opened three months ago at the National and which, caught now at the end …

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

THESE TREES ARE MADE OF BLOOD – Arcola Theatre by Carole Woddis

It began 40 years ago, the Mothers of the Disappeared, the `madres of the Plaza de Mayo’, circling the square, in white head scarves demanding answers as to why their children had `disappe…

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Friday, June 16, 2017

ANATOMY OF A SUICIDE – Royal Court by Carole Woddis

Love her or hate her, Katie Mitchell is surely our most bravely iconoclastic theatre director working in Britain today. If Robert Lepage is the magician who smoothes the cracks between techn…

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

COMBUSTION – Arcola Theatre by Carole Woddis

In Hassan Abdulrazzak’s Love, Bombs & Apples, Asif Khan became a mesmerising shape-changer, adopting different Muslim and Jewish personas as varied as pugilistic to down-trodden. Taki…

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

RICHARD III – Arcola Theatre by Carole Woddis

This was a huge undertaking for somewhere like the Arcola. Big cast plays don’t often surface so it’s a coup for the ever enterprising Mehmet Ergen to not only do one of the most famous …

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Saturday, May 20, 2017

ALL OUR CHILDREN – Jermyn Street Theatre by Carole Woddis

Interesting that two new plays in recent weeks have referred back to Nazi Germany and indirectly to the Holocaust. Whereas Cordelia O’Neill’s fine No Place for a Woman (Theatre503) looks…

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Friday, May 19, 2017

LIFE OF GALILEO – Young Vic by Carole Woddis

Whatever you may think about Bertolt Brecht’s more doctrinaire views, here’s a play in Joe Wright’s visually spectacular, star-gazing production that says exactly what needs to be said…

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Saturday, May 13, 2017

SALOME – National Theatre by Carole Woddis

Really, the kindest thing to do about Yaël Farber’s Salomé is quietly to draw a veil over it. There is bad theatre and then there is very bad acting. Sadly, Farber’s Salomé falls into…

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Friday, May 12, 2017

THE FERRYMAN – Royal Court by Carole Woddis

Already sold out before it had even opened and announced to be transferring to the West End in June, the combination of Jez Butterworth (Jerusalem, Mojo amongst others) and director Sam Mend…

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

NO PLACE FOR A WOMAN – Theatre503 by Carole Woddis

Subtitled `a play with music and movement’, Elliott Rennie’s deep noted cello is the thrilling underscore to Cordelia O’Neill’s mesmerising but enigmatic Holocaust-fringed two hander…

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Friday, May 5, 2017

THE RESISTABLE RISE OF ARTURO UI – Donmar Warehouse by Carole Woddis

Well, to start at the end, I can’t remember a more personally `engaged’ ending than Simon Evans manufactures for the climax of Brecht’s 1940s political satire on the rise of Hitler in …

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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

DOGS DON’T DO BALLET – Little Angel Theatre by Carole Woddis

There can be so many ways to get young children interested in ballet. The oldest and sometimes the most archaic of dance art forms, it still has an allure and glitter that rubs off on the yo…

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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

WHILE WE’RE HERE – Touring by Carole Woddis

Walking back from the Bush the other evening, I glanced back at the Green and remembered the years when the one-room Bush hovered above a far from welcoming pub, up some uncomfortable and cr…

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Sunday, April 30, 2017

CITY OF GLASS – Lyric Happersmith by Carole Woddis

An existentialist who writes in the film noir/crime thriller genre, a compulsive writer for whom language and its derivations are a vital, never ceasing line of enquiry as a construct that g…

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Friday, April 28, 2017

OBSESSION – Barbican by Carole Woddis

Ivo van Hove is simply everywhere at present, the wunderkind of international theatre and opera. It’s understandable why he is so much in demand. He has a way of envisioning that is either…

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

NUCLEAR WAR – Royal Court by Carole Woddis

There’s something refreshingly anarchic about Simon Stephens. In his very long preface to the printed text of Nuclear War, Stephens talks at length about the process of writing this play a…

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Monday, April 24, 2017

SPRING OFFENSIVE – Clapham Omnibus by Carole Woddis

You lose some, you win some: two former libraries now turned into arts centres-cum-community spaces-cum theatres plus Bunker’s Theatre takeover of an underground car park in Southwark Stre…

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HOME TRUTHS – Bunker Theatre by Carole Woddis

Cardboard Citizens are a remarkable success story, especially dealing as they do with those at the sharp end of society, the ones who have fallen through the cracks. For 25 years, Adrian Jac…

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